I have a morning ritual. I guess everyone does. Part of it I won't share - you wouldn't want that much information. :) But this one I will. I love this little devotional book! Sarah Young is the author...she has written others I know because I have two more but this one is my favorite. And the bookmark? That's a gift from a fellow blogger (Thanks Lori!)
And after I've read the short devotion I turn to this calendar. I use it as a prayer journal. Sometimes I just write a list of people I want to pray for. Sometimes I write a prayer. It's a type of journaling I suppose. It's not so big a page that I'm overwhelmed by the space - I tend to think if there's a blank page I should fill it up. :) I love the verse that's on the front of this year's version.
Here's something I can't do without! It stays on my bedside table and it travels with me. My eyes get really dry in the middle of the night. Why is that? I have no idea but every time I wake up I grab this and put a few drops in. It feels wonderful!
This is a new favorite. I don't use it on my lips. Nope, nothing ordinary for me. It stays on my bedside table too and just before I turn off the light I spread it on my cuticles I have this dry thing going on all over my body and my cuticles can get really bad. This not only softens, but also heals!
This is my favorite every day purse. Every. Day. I've made myself several other purses and I've bought several other purses. I have two big tubbies of purses in my closet. And I try to change purses occasionally. It never works. I always come back to this one that I bought at Wal Mart three years ago. I remember the day because I was babysitting for my newborn grandson and it was our first outing together. I'm pretty sure if it ever wears out I'll cry like a baby. But it just might last longer than me. After all, it's denim so I could just patch it, right? Tell me I'm right. Please.
This clock hung in my mother's house for so many years I can't remember how long. It was there so long that after a while I never even noticed it. Does that make sense? After she died when I was taking it off the wall I found two things hanging on it. One was the tassel from my high school graduation that I had no idea she'd kept. The other was a third place ribbon for a quilt of hers that I'd entered (without her knowledge) in a county fair. She was such a shy person that she would never have dreamed of entering anything she'd made. Maybe not shy, but more that she had little self confidence. She was totally amazed to have won anything at all. Now it hangs on the wall in my bedroom, where I make sure I notice it often.
Last year when we were in Israel I picked up this rock on the shore of the Dead Sea. It's a funny little thing and has several small rocks fused to it's side, or maybe it just somehow got carved out that way, but it's not your ordinary rock. When we got to The River Jordan and I stood in the water to renew my baptismal vows I carried this rock with me. Now it lives on my desk so I see it all the time and am reminded of what I promised.
And the last thing I'll show you today is this - the view outside my bedroom window. When I was very young and we were camping on a river in north Arkansas my mother-in-law kept telling me I should get up for the sunrise over the river. I was young, with three children, and I just wanted to sleep. But now that I'm older and I wake up early anyway, the first thing I do is open the blinds so I can see the sun rise. The mist on the water makes shadows that dance and bob and the light makes it all sparkle like diamonds. God does mighty good work.
I loved showing you these things....just a few of my favorite things. I'd love to see your favorites too. Anybody else want to use this idea for a blog post?